As the literal and figurative centerpiece of a JBL HDI Series surround system, the HDI-4500 center-channel loudspeaker puts you in the middle of the action by providing performance marked by arresting dynamics, sterling articulation, gripping control, and bullseye accuracy. When paired with other speakers in HDI Series, this 2.5-way design – like its siblings, engineered in JBL’s famous California-based acoustic testing facility – supplies equal parts escapism and realism.
Holding its own at 44.3 pounds and measuring 7.48 x 33.13 x 12.3 inches (HWD), HDI-4500 benefits from patented High-Definition Imaging waveguide technology – responsible not just for the series’ name, but for the take-notice speed, uniform directivity, and supple responsiveness you’ll hear every time you watch a film or listen to music. A patented one-inch Teonex 2410H-2 compression-driver tweeter arrives with elements gleaned from JBL Professional’s D2 transducers and boasts a lightweight, polymer, annular diaphragm that improves high-frequency extension by reducing diaphragm mass. In addition, the V-shaped geometry of the annular diaphragm reduces breakup modes, eliminating time smear and reducing distortion.
Of course, there’s no missing out on the four – count ‘em, four – 5.25-inch woofers, all of which afford serious depth and precision. Working in concert with the symmetrical field motor design, flux stabilization ring, and copper shorting ring, a long-throw voice coil ensures maximum output free of harshness or noise. In addition, Advanced Aluminum Matrix cones provide a lightweight, rigid diaphragm and eliminate breakup modes, allowing for proper pistonic motion throughout the operating band.
Visually, HDI-4500 blends in with any décor with inconspicuous class. Its heavily braced enclosure offers a solid acoustic foundation, while the curved cabinet echoes with a touch of modernism that also showcases the absence of any screws or fasteners. Whether you choose the automotive-grade high-gloss black finish or furniture-grade satin walnut or gray oak veneers, you’ll be in the presence of luxury.